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Today's News

  • New wood shop producing customized products

    A series featuring businesses along Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia continues, with new businesses first being introduced, followed by those businesses that have faithfully persevered through the years to keep the downtown area alive in a friendly manner while providing quality merchandise.

  • A Lincoln Weekend

    This past weekend featured a variety of activities designed to celebrate Vandalia's ties to Abraham Lincoln and the early days of Illinois.

  • County keeping tabs on hirings

    As Fayette County continues to keep close tabs on its spending, the chairman of the county board is asking department heads to come before the board when planning to hire new employees.
    At the close of Tuesday’s county board meeting, board Chairman Steve Knebel clarified a letter regarding new hires that he had recently sent to department heads.
    “I’m not going to call it a hiring freeze,” he said, but explained that the county board has budgeted specific amounts for salaries.

  • Hearing on murderer's transfer to prison delayed

     A court hearing for convicted murderer Clifford Baker on Friday was supposed to be about whether the teen would be transferred to Illinois’ adult prison system.

  • Relay for Life meeting canceled

    The Fayette County Relay for Life meeting scheduled for tonight (Monday) has been canceled due to pending weather conditions.

  • State wrestling pairings announced

    The Illinois High School Association has released the individual state tournament brackets, allowing the five Vandalia qualifiers to learn their opponents.

    In the first round at 195 pounds, senior Levi Ulmer will battle Chad Kirkhove, a senior from Sherrard who has a 34-8 record.

    In the first round at 182 pounds, senior Dayin Godberson will battle Dakota Richards, a senior from Porta who has a 35-7 record.

    In the first round at 152 pounds, senior Daniel Edwards will battle Sean Liaromatis, a junior from Wilmington who has a 34-7 record.

  • Ulmer win sectional championship to lead five state qualifiers

    ROBINSON — Senior Levi Ulmer won an individual sectional title at 195 pounds to lead five Vandals who on Saturday qualified the IHSA state tournament.

    Ulmer topped Kenny Lindsey, a senior from St. Joe-Ogden and the No. 1 wrestler in the 195-pound class, according to www.illinoismatmen.com, in overtime, 4-3.

    Other qualifiers for Vandalia are: senior Dayin Godberson (182), senior Daniel Edwards (152), junior Seth Purcell (145) and freshman Dalton Blankenship (132).

    The individual state tournament begins on Thursday and runs through Saturday.

  • Vandals nearly score 100 points on senior night

    On senior night last Friday, the Vandalia boys basketball team scored furiously, beating Southwestern, 94-62, in its highest scoring output of the season.

    Junior Leyton Godoyo led the team, with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and junior Tim Ritchey added a game-high 24 points and seven rebounds.

    Bryan Hosick led the seniors, with 22 points, and Dathan Berning added 12 points and a game-high four steals.

    Other senior performers were: Joey Dunn, 3 points and two rebounds; Trevor Montgomery, 3 rebounds; and Quenten Austin, 2 rebounds.

  • Scoreboard

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Tuesday, Feb. 7
    South Central 73
    Grayville 40
    GHS:     8-12-10-10—40
    SCHS: 15-25-20-13—73
    Points: Fischer Tharp, 18; Colby Bushue, 17; Colton Wilkins, 13; Rudy Hablewitz, 11; Cody Heinzmann, 6; Luke Krajefska, 6; Karrigan Henken, 2.
    Record: 9-15 (5-2 MTC)
    GHS: Ch. Neeley had 15 points.
    Friday, Feb. 3
    St. Elmo 80
    Brownstown 44
    BHS:   12-4-12-15—44
    SEHS: 18-13-18-31—80
    Eagles

  • Tight Battle at Regionals

    The Brownstown High School girls basketball team edged South Central in regional play, 27-25, on Monday.

    Bethany Oberlink (above during a game last Friday) led in scoring, with 10 points.